Importing pets into the US

February 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm (Cats, Moving to the US)

OK, so it’s pretty straightforward to get pets from the UK to the US. Though rabies shots aren’t required for cats, we got them vaccinated anyway. All of their other vacs are up to date, so we only need a Fit to Fly certificate. Virgin Airlines Cargo will fill out the export forms. No quarantine needed, for everyone that keeps asking! 😉

Now the only problem is our schedule is going to look a bit like this!! All times PM.

  • 5:25 flight arrives (if on schedule)
  • 6:15? visa processed and five giant bags collected
  • 7:00? pick up car rental
  • 7:30? collect cat paperwork from Virgin’s cargo facility
  • 8:00? present paperwork at US Customs building (and it closes at 8!)
  • 8:15? return to Cargo to pick up the cats
  • 9:15? arrive in Newburyport

Somewhere in there we need to source cat food, cat litter and some people food 🙂 Must look into an online delivery service. I’m sure the hotel people would let us have some stuff delivered to our unit. Anyone have any ideas?



  1. Abigail said,

    Let me know if I can help in any way – Newburyport’s not that far from here.

    I know my parents have used a grocery delivery service in the past, I can ask them for the name.

  2. Sarah said,

    I’m just seeing this blog – wow, you’re moving to Newburyport! I LOVE Newburyport, how exciting. Let me know if you need anything. There’s a Trader Joes about 20 miles away in Peabody.

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